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How to make Office 365 work for you

Office 365 can boost your company’s productivity in many ways, but a lot of people don’t know how to utilize this service fully. Here are the things you can do to be more productive and make the most of Office 365.

Get the staff aboard

To maximize your company’s productivity with Office 365, make sure that every employee with a computer uses it. While this may be easier said than done, you can easily promote the service by encouraging the officers of your company to use it first. When your executives, managers, and top employees use Office 365, others will be persuaded to do the same.  

Train employees

If your employees don’t know how to use Office 365, they won’t be productive, and the cloud service becomes a wasted investment. This is why training is vital. Teach your staff the ins and outs of the platform so they can take full advantage of it. 

One way to train your staff is to make or assemble short […]

How to make Office 365 work for you2019-07-08T14:21:39-07:00

Social media tools for businesses

Social media has proven to be a powerful promotional tool in its most basic form — and even more so if deployed strategically and with enhancement tools. Read on to learn more about apps and other tools that can boost your social media strategy.

Having great content on your site is the magnet that attracts visitors. However, when there is too much competition on the most popular platforms, it can be difficult to drive results based on social media reputation alone. To reap rewards from social media marketing, you need to devise new methods and augment your strategy with social media tools to stand out from the crowd.

Meetup

Meetup is a great site to plan face-to-face meetings with people with similar interests. Does your company sell hiking, camping, and backpacking products? Organize a meetup for the people in your community to go on a hike. You really can’t get a better customer interaction than engaging with them through the activities they love.

Eventbrite

Eventbrite is a formal events planning platform that […]

Social media tools for businesses2019-07-08T14:21:57-07:00

Tips to boost the speed of your WordPress site

Decades ago, five seconds was a completely acceptable time to wait for a page to load. But today,  internet speeds have become faster, and most users expect a page to load as soon as they open it. If your website doesn’t load in a second or two, visitors will simply close it. So how can you maximize the speed of your WordPress website to ensure users don’t click away? Here are several ideas to make your website faster.

Keep WordPress and plugins up to date

While you may already know that updating WordPress and plugins will keep your website secure, you may not know that doing this also increases your site’s speed. So if you want a fast site, install those updates as soon as they become available.

Choose a host wisely

Your host can make or break your website, so before you select your host, do some research on the various options out there, particularly on their website speed and uptime.

Also, while your first impulse may be to […]

Tips to boost the speed of your WordPress site2019-07-08T14:20:32-07:00

Choosing the right business dashboard

Dashboards have become extremely useful tools for companies to make the most of their raw data. With proper implementation, a dashboard can display essential information in an easy-to-understand format, allowing business owners to easily make informed decisions. But a dashboard can say a lot of things depending on its setup, and it’s important to choose one that can best serve your purpose. Here are three types of business dashboards to consider.

Strategic dashboards

Ideal for senior managers and executives, strategic dashboards are designed to help identify potential opportunities for business expansion and improvement. This type of dashboard gives a bird’s-eye view of your business and track performance metrics against enterprise-wide strategic goals.

They summarize performance over set time frames: past month, quarter, or year. They can contain anything from overall sales numbers to sales and revenue comparisons to inventory levels, making it easy for executives to understand the overall health of the organization and monitor the long-term company strategy.

Operational dashboards

Business owners use operational dashboards to monitor and measure in real […]

Choosing the right business dashboard2019-07-08T14:25:31-07:00

How hosted Exchange helps businesses

Servers can host nearly every type of software solution, including email and office support, of which Microsoft Exchange is widely considered to be the best. If you’re looking into a new email server solution, you’ve likely come across hosted Exchange. But what is it and how can it help?

What is Microsoft Exchange?

Microsoft Exchange is a messaging system that offers businesses a number of services, including email, calendar, task management, address lists, and more. By integrating Exchange into your business, you can access all of these servers from any location, on almost every device.

Many companies that purchase Exchange install it on servers that are usually on premises. This setup can be a bit expensive, especially for small businesses. Moreover, the server needed to host it can take up space that a business may not have. This is why many companies prefer to operate on cloud-based systems.

What is hosted Exchange?

To meet the demands of businesses of all sizes, many IT companies like Microsoft started to offer hosted Exchange. In this […]

How hosted Exchange helps businesses2019-06-28T08:00:22-07:00

Here’s what to look for in apps or wearable tech

Are you overwhelmed by the many choices you have in getting the right technology to monitor your health? Do you download an app on your mobile to track your pulse rate? Or buy a wearable device that can tell you more about your health? While it’s best to leave the professional recommendations to your healthcare provider, it would be great if you’re also in the know, so you have a better idea of what suits you.

A growing number of patients are quizzing their doctors about which healthcare apps and wearable technology they should be using. With the popularity and prevalence of both technologies set to increase over the coming years, doctors are going to have to decide if these will be something they’ll recommend to their patients. It can be a tough decision, but here are a few of the issues one needs to take into consideration before making a choice.

What devices/operating systems do you feel comfortable with?

The sudden expansion of the mobile apps and wearable […]

Here’s what to look for in apps or wearable tech2019-07-08T14:26:09-07:00

Protect your Android device from viruses

Your smartphone and/or tablet are essential to your day-to-day tasks. Should they get infected by viruses, would you know what steps to take? If you’re using an Android device, you’re in luck. This guide can help you remove viruses on your Android phone or tablet.

The lowdown on Android viruses

A virus infection on Android devices is actually incredibly rare. Seeing pop-up ads prompting you to buy a virus removal app doesn’t automatically mean your device is infected. In fact, buying one of these apps could get your device infected by a virus! That’s because all Android viruses are contracted via apps you install on the device. To avoid getting infected, install only apps from the Google Play app store. If you must buy one from third-party stores, do some research first.

If you suspect that your device has been infected, here’s what you can do:

  • Use antivirus apps from Google Play or Google Play Protect – A lot of these are […]
Protect your Android device from viruses2019-07-08T14:27:06-07:00

Don’t neglect Mac’s awesome Notification Center settings

Can you remember a time when you didn’t receive a few dozen notifications per day? Apps today send all kinds of alerts to our devices, some helpful and some not. It’s not difficult to customize how your devices send you notifications, especially if you use a Mac desktop computer or laptop.

Managing alerts within Notification Center

You can see everything from previews of new emails to reminders about upcoming meetings by clicking the three horizontally stacked lines in the upper right-hand corner of your Mac’s screen.

Selecting the Notifications tab will display all kinds of alerts that you can delete by clicking the X icon in the upper right-hand corner of the box. Alternatively, you can click the X to the right of Today if you want to clear all your notifications for that day.

How to customize what is shown in your Notification Center

If you would like to change which apps can display notifications on your computer:

  1. Open the System Preferences app.
  2. Select the Notifications icon.
  3. Click on the app that you want to […]
Don’t neglect Mac’s awesome Notification Center settings2019-06-24T08:00:21-07:00

Virtualization and licensing

For a successful virtualization project, it’s important to understand software licensing and support policies for virtualized and cloud environments. Today, many enterprises invest in software to track licensing compliance and vendor support policies because policies could differ substantially among vendors. For most, licensing concerns focused on deploying server applications to server virtualization infrastructures. Here are some things you need to know before you make a decision.

Why are licenses an issue?

Virtualization is a complex topic, but here’s a quick overview of how it works and why licensing is almost always an issue. Most people are starting to work the concept of cloud storage into their everyday lives. Think of virtualization as a cloud where your server(s) store their hardware capabilities and your network computers can pull from that cloud as needed.

In this scenario, let’s assume employee A and employee B have two identical desktop computers with barebones hardware. Employee A needs to perform some basic text editing while employee B needs an in-depth scan […]

Virtualization and licensing2019-07-08T14:29:25-07:00